A ti­tle for Kau­fusi is the stuff dreams are made of

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - 2018 GRAND FINAL -

FELISE Kau­fusi has had a year that some NRL play­ers only get to dream of.

Over the last 12 months he won a grand fi­nal with the Storm, made his Aus­tralian de­but at the 2017 World Cup and donned the Queens­land jersey for the first time in the 2018 State of Ori­gin se­ries.

It is a re­mark­able feat for the Bund­aberg prod­uct, but there is still one dream left to chase to cap off his in­cred­i­ble sea­son. No side has won back-to-back grand fi­nals since Bris­bane in the 1992-93 se­ries, mak­ing con­sec­u­tive ti­tles one of the most elu­sive achieve­ments in the game.

And while Kau­fusi is aware of how hard a chal­lenge it is, he knows it could be the high­light of his year.

“There’s been that many high­lights, I can’t pick one,” he said. “I was liv­ing out my child­hood dreams … it’s been mas­sive.

“There was the grand fi­nal win, then win­ning the World Cup and wear­ing the Queens­land jersey for the first time.

“I’d love to win an­other. Not just for me, but the Mel­bourne Storm.

“It would be a pretty big feat to do that.”

The 26-year-old work­horse said there was no se­cret be­hind his break­out year, ex­cept for hard work.

He said he learnt the im­por­tance of that from the likes of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater, as well as Cooper Cronk who will be his op­po­nent to­day.

“Mel­bourne have given me this op­por­tu­nity and in­stilled this hard work ethic in me,” he said.

“Play­ing with Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith, it’s all about work­ing hard and off the back of that you can be re­warded. I’ve been lucky enough to be re­warded with the last 12 months.”

Felise Kau­fusi of the Storm. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

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